October 25, 2014 | by Alexis | Everly After

by Rebecca Paula
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on October 21, 2014

Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark. Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waitressing at a Parisian café. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.

There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.

Twenty-five-year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly neglected. Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that he must fight for himself first.

First of all, I want to say out loud that I was not prepared for this book in any way. It made me late for work, it made me want to extend my lunch hour, and it made me want to stay home on a Friday night and finish it.

Everly After is the epitome of two broken souls finding their way to each other and navigating life together. Their lives are better when they are together. Apart, they are both a mess.

 “”Are you going to kiss me? ‘ He tilts his head closer, his voice warm against my cheek. ‘You won’t have to ask when I finally am.’”

 Gah…so I completely loved Everly. She is an American heiress that dropped her life in Manhattan and moved to Paris to get away from it all by working in a Parisian café. I struggled with the fact that I shouldn’t like her; she was a complete hot mess. Her social life always made the headlines on Page Six, and not for a good reason. But, I couldn’t not like her. My heart just broke for her because all she wanted was someone to love her.

“I want to be the girl I am only with you. All the time. I want to stop dreaming her up.”

 The one person Everly’s known, Hudson, for almost her whole life is in even hotter mess. He claims to love her, but deep down I don’t even know if he has the ability to love her. Her way to deal with all the crap she’s been through is to literally shut everyone out.   Well…and possibly party just a wee bit too much. But, Everly’s a master at playing this role and continues to do so until she meets Beckett.

“Kiss me, pet. Stay with me.”

 Beckett is also dealing with his own sorts of problems. He is a traumatized war correspondent on leave after being kidnapped in Afghanistan. He is struggling day-to-day trying writing his novel. Not until Everly and he meet does his life start to turn around. Beckett is different than any man that Everly has ever met, he is not selfish, he wants to know the real her, past all her glitter. But he does hold a lot of himself back at the same time. I also loved him…he was just incredible and oh so swoony.

“You hide from the rest of the world the fact that you’re extraordinary.”

This book had me on edge the whole time. The chemistry between Beckett and Everly was palpable. I seriously needed a shower even before they kissed. I was on edge throughout the book nervous to see where their relationship was going. I knew that they both needed to open to each other and shed their past before they could move forward. I knew that these two were meant for each other, I don’t actually think anyone else could pick up both of their pieces and put them back together.

I am just in utter shock that this is Rebecca’s debut novel. Her writing is entirely flawless and the dual POVs worked together seamlessly. Everly After is a total gem and I cannot wait to read more from this author.  If you loved a certain CW show called Gossip Girl like I do, I HIGHLY recommend this book.